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A response to Richard Dawkins

I found this to be very interesting.  Dennis Prager via :

This past Friday CNN conducted an interview with Richard Dawkins, the British biologist most widely known for his polemics against religion and on behalf of atheism.

Asked “whether an absence of religion would leave us without a moral compass,” Dawkins responded: “The very idea that we get a moral compass from religion is horrible.”

This is the crux of the issue for Dawkins and other anti-religion activists — that not only do we not need religion or God for morality, but we would have a considerably more moral world without them.

This argument is so wrong — both rationally and empirically – that its appeal can only be explained by a) a desire to believe it and b) an ignorance of history.

First, the rational argument.

If there is no God, the labels “good” and “evil” are merely opinions. They are substitutes for “I like it” and “I don’t like it.” They are not objective realities.

Every atheist philosopher I have debated has acknowledged this. For example, at Oxford University I debated Professor Jonathan Glover, the British philosopher and ethicist, who said: “Dennis started by saying that I hadn’t denied his central contention that if there isn’t a God, there is only subjective morality. And that’s absolutely true.”

Right-wing ObamaCare myths debunked

Written by .  Too funny not to share.

Man, I hate these stupid, crazy, tea bagging right wingers. So foolish, so uncivilized. They run around screaming like crazed anarchists about how they want to stop Obamacare. Damned idiots don’t realize that the government needs to be involved in our health care decisions; we’re too helpless and feeble to handle it ourselves — unless we’re making the “medical” choice to get an abortion, in which case, THIS IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS, YOU GOVERNMENT PIGS. GET OUT! I mean, leave your wallet on the table, ’cause I’m gonna need you to pay for this, but then GET OUT, JERK.

There are many scare tactics being used by the tea baggers in an effort to discredit Obamacare. Personally, I hate scare tactics. You should never let anyone scare you away from supporting socialized medicine, mostly because without it every poor person in the country will get sick and die. Anyway, like I said, I disapprove of scare tactics.

Shocking! Feinstein reverses course on NSA oversight

I'm not sure she actually wants to do this because it is the right thing to do, or if there has been such an uproar that it's just political face-saving.  :

The Obama administration from yesterday’s open hearing looking into the actions of the NSA and its surveillance operations, and from one of its closest allies.  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, had defended the NSA’s operations as crucial and law-abiding, but reversed course yesterday.  Feinstein announced new legislation that would restrict access to phone records, searches, and require more oversight over NSA operations in the future:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and a longtime defender of the National Security Agency, unveiled plans Thursday for legislation designed to rein in some aspects of the NSA’s controversial domestic surveillance programs.

At a rare open hearing of the intelligence panel, Feinstein said her legislation would limit the NSA’s access to the so-called metadata it collects on Americans’ cell phone usage and would seek to codify the legal standard under which such data could be searched by NSA workers.

Thousands around the world pray for imprisoned Boise pastor

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  Romans 8:35-37

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Hundreds in Idaho, and likely thousands more around the world, gathered Thursday to hold a vigil for Saeed Abedini. In Boise, Saeed's wife, Naghmeh, led the vigil with the help of the family’s pastor from Calvary Chapel in Boise.

Thursday marked the one year anniversary of Saeed Abedini's imprisonment in Iran. He is being held in Iran on what the Iranian government says is a threat to national security. Naghmeh says he's imprisoned for being a Christian.

Since then Saeed’s imprisonment Naghmeh has fought and pleaded with some of the highest government officials in the world asking for her husband's freedom. Earlier this week she was at the United Nations vying for her husband’s freedom.

With no more legal appeals possible, Naghmeh and her Christian brothers and sisters gathered to appeal to a higher power.

"We just pray for him every day," said Maxene Bruek.

Bruek and her husband Harley go to the same church as the Abedinis, but have never met Saeed.

D.C. Cops Under Orders To Arrest Tourists With Empty Bullet Casings

Empty casings will land you in jail in DC if you don't have a gun permit or are just visiting.  Another good reason not to go there.  Sourced from :

Washington police are operating under orders to arrest tourists and other non-residents traveling with spent bullet or shotgun casings, a crime that carries a $1,000 fine, a year in jail and a criminal record, according to a new book about the city’s confusing gun laws.

“Empty shell casings are considered ammunition in Washington, D.C., so they are illegal to possess unless you are a resident and have a gun registration certificate,” pens Emily Miller in her investigative book, “Emily Gets Her Gun: … But Obama Wants to Take Yours.”

Under the law, live or empty brass and plastic casings must be carried in a special container and unavailable to drivers. Having one, for example, in a cup holder or ash tray is illegal.

She told Secrets that the police are “under orders to arrest tourists or other legal gun owners from out of state who wouldn’t think to empty brass and plastic from their cars or pockets.”

Two fathers, both protecting their kids, two entirely different outcomes

First, from last week in :

A Texas father who discovered a man raping his five-year-old daughter and beat him to death with his bare hands will not be charged with homicide under state law.

A Lavaca County grand jury decided not to press charges against the 23-year-old father in the June 9th death of Jesus Mora Flores, 47, who was killed inside a remote shack after he was caught molesting the young girl.

Under Texas state law, deadly force is authorized and indeed, justified in order to stop an aggravated sexual assault and coupled with the fact that the harrowing 911 calls made by the father back claims he even tried to save the pedophile’s life led to the grand jury’s decision.

Then, more recently in :

Emilio Chavez III of Albuquerque allegedly beat Dylan Maho so badly after he found the man naked outside his home that he has been charged with aggravated battery. Maho had to be taken to the hospital in critical condition but is now stable.

The incident occurred Thursday around 2:30 a.m. when family members heard something outside of the 13 and 15-year-old girls’ window.

Christian Relieved of Duties Over Beliefs About Homosexuality


https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_MDkBxO7l4A

Sourced from :

A Christian legal organization has filed an equal opportunity military complaint after a Christian Air Force veteran was relieved of his duties and reassigned to another facility for disagreeing with his commander on the issue of homosexual “marriage.”

, Senior Master Sergeant Phillip Monk has served in the Air Force for 19 years, and has been stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. When he recently returned from deployment, he found that he had a new commander, Major Elisa Valenzuela, who is a lesbian.

Monk says that in his early communication with the commander, he knew there would be concerns.

“She said she wanted a chaplain but objected to one particular chaplain that she called a ‘bigot’ because he preached that homosexuality is a sin,” he explained to reporters. “She then said, ‘I don’t know what kind of people actually believe that kind of cr**.’ I knew I was going to have a rough time in this unit and I would have to be very careful about what I said.”

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